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A closer look at USF’s swoon under Charlie Strong

A statistical breakdown of how the bottom fell out in the final 18 games of the Strong era.
USF dropped 14 of its final 18 games under Charlie Strong, who was dismissed Sunday. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
USF dropped 14 of its final 18 games under Charlie Strong, who was dismissed Sunday. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Dec. 1, 2019
Updated Dec. 1, 2019

After winning 17 of his first 19 games as USF football coach, USF’s Charlie Strong presided over one of the worst 18-game stretches (4-14) in program history. Here’s a breakdown of that swoon, which ended with his dismissal Sunday:

• USF’s average losing margin during that stretch was 21.9 points. Twelve of the 14 defeats were by double digits.

• Its eight-game skid during the stretch (the last six games of 2018, first two of 2019) is the longest in the program’s 23-season history.

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• Only one of its four victories this season came against a Division I-A team (BYU) that will finish the year with a winning record.

• The Bulls didn’t convert a field goal longer than 37 yards during those 18 games.

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• USF averaged 339.9 yards a game in those 18 contests. For context, the 2017 team that went 10-2 averaged 513.

• During that stretch, the Bulls allowed 228.7 rushing yards a game.

• They failed to score a first-half touchdown in eight of those 18 games.


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